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Poll reveals 77% think arts should be compulsory at GCSE

The status of arts teaching at schools is at risk of being downgraded, say campaigners The status of arts teaching at schools is at risk of being downgraded, say campaigners. Photo: Shutterstock
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A poll conducted by The Stage has indicated that more than three-quarters of online respondents believe arts subjects should be compulsory at GCSE.

The poll was completed by 1,268 people over a period of one week, with 77.3% – 981 people – in favour.

Less than a quarter – 22.6% – said the arts should not be compulsory.

The survey was conducted after the government unveiled plans to exclude the arts from compulsory GCSEs.

In response, campaigners calling for the arts to be part of students’ education claimed the government was playing “fast and loose with the country’s educational wellbeing”.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, has led a campaign to include the arts in compulsory GCSE subjects.

“It should be a great concern to all of us that the Department for Education is playing fast and loose with the country’s economic and educational wellbeing,” she said.

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